Hawthorne police officers aren’t alone in wanting to put a lid on a recent spate of gang violence at the hands of a local Tongan gang.
Leaders of Los Angeles County’s tight-knit Tongan community in Hawthorne, Carson and Lennox also don’t want to see police at their doors, arresting their youths.
The two groups shared their concerns and searched for ways to quell brewing troubles during an unusual dinner meeting at Hawthorne Police Department this week.
Community Affairs Sgt. Chris Cognac made chicken-garlic linguine and members of the Tongan Community Services Center
Hawthorne Police officer Chris Cognac serves up a pasta and chicken meal he prepared for members of the Tongan community at Thursday’s dinner at the Hawthorne Police Department in order to foster better relationships in hopes of curbing gang violence. (Sean Hiller / Staff Photographer) Continue reading